Bell 505 Receives FAA Certification

RW_0716_BizState_Art2b_Bell505Bell Helicopter has received FAA certification for its 505 Jet Ranger X, the manufacturer said. This comes just over five months after the aircraft received type certification from Transport Canada.

“This is another significant milestone in our journey to market entry for the Bell 505,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell’s president and CEO. “This aircraft incorporates the latest advancements in safety and aviation technology and we are extremely proud of our return to the short light single class of helicopters.”

The manufacturer said it plans to continue working with other certification authorizes around the world. Bell also noted that its training academy is prepared for entry into service with customer training, and the flight training device and coursework are on schedule.

Featuring full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and Safran Helicopter Engines Arrius 2R engine, the Bell 505 has enhanced performance and reduced pilot workload, Bell said. The helicopter can perform executive transport and public service roles, and can fly at 125 kts with a useful load of 1,500 pounds.

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